Academy apologizes to Sacheen Littlefeather

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The Academy issued a public apology to Sacheen Littlefeather, a Native American activist and actress who was booed off the Oscars stage over 50 years ago

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In 1973, she made an on-camera appearance to decline an Oscar on behalf of Marlon Brando, who had won the category for best actor for The Godfather

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Following her brief address at the awards, Littlefeather, who was 26 at the time, was heckled and shunned by the entertainment industry

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Brando declined the award because the US film industry misrepresents Native Americans

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Organizers claimed that her speech started a trend that has persisted to this day by making the first political comment at the televised ceremony

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Littlefeather, according to the Academy, suffered "unwarranted and unjustified" torture

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The production team for the awards ceremony instructed Littlefeather to keep Brando's remarks, which were substantially longer, to a maximum of 60 seconds

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